W083
Early European women anthropologists

Convenors:
Grazyna Kubica-Heller (Jagiellonian University)
Ulla Vuorela (University of Tampere)
Location:
Biol B74
Start time:
19 September, 2006 at 11:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Continuing the discussion about how women entered the anthropological project at the beginning of the 20th century and later saw important problems of their time, and how their personal experience intervened in their perception of the tasks of anthropology.

Long abstract:

The workshop will be the continuation of a meeting at the last conference. We would like to continue the discussion about how women entered the anthropological project at the beginning of the 20th century and later saw important problems of their time -- racism, colonialism, etc -- and how their personal experience intervened in their perception of the tasks of anthropology. Another important theme would be their notion of womanhood and how this was shaped by their fieldwork experiences, and vice versa, how being anthropologists created their profile as women. We would like to learn about their biographies and careers, what it was to be a woman entering fieldwork and academia. Finally, we would like to find out whether their experiences and writings are connected with our own problems and approaches. What do we learn from them, about perceiving the world and our role as women and as anthropologists? Are there any common traits we can draw together?